China Bans VoIP/Skype

China has officially made all Voice-over IP services in China illegal besides the ones offered by the state-run China Telecom and China Unicom. In effect this action bans the use of Skype and many other popular VoIP service here. As of now Skype can still be used through their Chinese partner Tom.com, although that site is likely to bite the bullet soon enough. China did the same back in 2006, but began issuing VoIP licenses to foreign companies again in 2008 right around the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Most people, like myself, use VPN’s to access sites like Facebook and Twitter (which are already banned here) and will just have to add Skype to that list.

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You Best Start Learning Chinese…Now!

As you’re currently reading a blog that is written in English, I’ll go ahead and assume that you speak the language. I’ll also take a wild swing and assume that you probably don’t speak Chinese. If that’s the case…I suggest you begin taking lessons, like now

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More Shanzhai Fighter Jets?

It seems that there’s a new development in China’s never ending plight to clone everything they set their eyes on. If you look closely at they’re newly “developed” Chengdu J-20 stealth fighter you’ll notice that the inspiration comes from the American F-22 Raptor stealth fighter. Unlike the Shenyang J-15 Flying Sharkthe copy of the Russion Sukhoi SU-33 — the J-20 is larger and therefore most likely less agile than it’s genuine counterpart. I just hope, for the pilot’s sake, that they aren’t cutting costs on their Shanzhai weaponry doesn’t as they do with their tablets and smartphones.

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Merry Christmas and a Happy Holidays from the Gadgets Republic!

We hope that you get/got all the gadgets you asked Santa (or non-denominational fictional character who brings gifts) for this holiday season!

I will unfortunately be spending the rest of the holidays with my family back in the US. Therefor my blog posting abilities will be slightly diminished — due to all the alcohol I’ll be consuming to retain some sliver of sanity. I will of course try to continue to bring you the very latest news coming out of the Gadgets Republic.

So again, from us at GadgetsRepublic, Merry Christmas and have a Happy New Year!

Who's Your Daddy?

Who’s Your Daddy? C-Mid Android Tablet

Who can forget the greatest sci-fi romance of all time; when Tasha Yar bared her midriff, hooked up a SuperMan curl and took Data where no android has gone before. But actions have consequences, and after a few trips to the liqour store I got to thinking….READ MORE>>

How To Get Your Own Chrome OS Cr-48!

One of the coolest gadgets out this year is Google’s Cr-48 laptop which runs on their brand new Chrome OS. If you’re not part of the Chrome OS pilot program and weren’t one of the lucky winners from any of the Cr-48 giveaways like me, the guys over at Gizchina have found a way for you to get your hands on one.

Head over to Gizchina for the lowdown!

Winter Wednesdays — Perfect Gadget for the White Collar Popsicle

With temperatures continuing to drop (global warming my ass!) people are beginning to freeze to death in offices all over the world! Ok, not really, but it could totally happen… To deal with this Winter madness we’ve found another great warm gadget to keep you defrosted at work. It could also make a great addition to your travel bag…(i.e. you won’t have to worry about freezing your butt off in the corner of some damn airport when your flight gets cancelled because of a little snow! I’m not bitter…can you tell?)

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Is this the iPad Mini?

It seems that Taiwanese pop star and former racing “legend” Jimmy Lin has gotten his hands on a prototype of the iPad mini. He claims that it is genuine, but many people have a hard time believing this to be true. Steve Jobs himself said some pretty harsh things about 7″ tablets not too long ago, but could that have just been common misdirection — as darth vader is known for?

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Spotted: Mark Zuckerberg At Sina HQ!

Now that news has broken that Mark Zuckerberg is in Beijing, employees at major web companies here have had their eyes peeled. He was actually spotted this morning visiting the offices of Sina, one of China’s largest micro-blogging operators. Zuckerberg met with Sina.com’s Chief Executive Charles Chao and Vice President Peng Shaobin. One lucky Sina employee was able to snap a few pictures of his own and posted them on his micro-blog.

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Play Angry Birds On Your Big Screen

Chinese tech company Sansonic have released details of their latest product, the IPSPG100A (whatever that name stands for). Apparently it’s an iPod/iPhone dock which connects to your TV and allows you to play your iOS games with the use of a Wii styled remote. Not exactly the most practical thing in the world…but why the hell not? I mean, can you imagine playing Angry Birds on your 50″ Plasma? It would be LEGENwait for it…and I hope you’re not lactose intolerant cause the second half of the word is DAIRY!

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